Administrative Negligence Behind Posta Tragedy: Panel

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Kolkata: The committee, formed to look into the Kolkata flyover collapse, has blamed administrative negligence behind the incident. The report pointed out inconsistencies in construction, use of poor material and approval for faulty designs by the Kolkata Metropolitan Development Authority.

The report came five month after the incident by a committee headed by West Bengal Chief Secretary comprising of former professors of IIT Kharagpur.

At least 26 people were killed and over 100 injured after a portion of an under-construction flyover collapsed on a congested road intersection near Girish Park in Kolkata.

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Demanding a strict punishement for the accused, CPI leader Gurudas Dasgupta said, “Those who are responsible for the substandard materials being supplied for the construction must be held up. No political cadre should be taken as a basis. It should absolutely be on merit and particularly the contractor who did it should be held up and punishment should be meted out to him.”

Firm on its demand for Central Bureau of Investigation probe, BJP spokesperson Siddharth Nath Singh said, “TMC and the Left is to be blamed for the accident. There should be a CBI porbe.”

Infrastructure major IVRCL Limited, the Hyderabad-based company that was constructing the Kolkata flyover, was blacklisted by the Jharkhand government in 2015.